BILL NUMBER: AB 670	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  JUNE 27, 2007
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 30, 2007
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 10, 2007

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Spitzer
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Garrick and Maze)

                        FEBRUARY 21, 2007

   An act to add Section 398 to the Penal Code, relating to animals.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 670, as amended, Spitzer. Animals: bites: owner information.
   Existing law makes it a misdemeanor or a felony for a person
owning or having custody or control of a mischievous animal to
negligently allow the animal to cause serious bodily injury to
another person, as specified.
   This bill would require a person who owns or has custody or
control of an animal to  immediately   , as soon
as is practicable, but no later than 48 hours thereafter, 
provide identifying information to another person when the person
knows, or has reason to know, the animal bit the other person, as
specified. Failure to provide the required information would be an
infraction, punishable by a fine of not more than $100.
   Because this bill would create a crime, it would impose a
state-mandated local program.
   The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.
   This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
act for a specified reason.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: yes.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 398 is added to the Penal Code, to read:
   398.  (a) Whenever a person owning or having custody or control of
an animal, knows, or has reason to know, that the animal bit another
person, he or she shall  immediately   , as
soon as is practicable, but no later than 48 hours thereafter, 
provide the other person with his or her name, address, telephone
number, and the name and license tag number of the animal who bit the
other person. If the person with custody or control of the animal at
the time the bite occurs is a minor, he or she shall instead provide
identification or contact information of an adult owner or
responsible party. If the animal is required by law to be vaccinated
against rabies, the person owning or having custody or control of the
animal shall, within 48 hours of the bite, provide the other person
with information regarding the status of the animal's vaccinations.
Violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a fine of
not more than one hundred dollars ($100).
   (b) For purposes of this section, it is necessary for the skin of
the person be broken or punctured by the animal for the contact to be
classified as a bite.
  SEC. 2.  No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the
Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the
meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution.